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09.11.2011

For Most U.S. Politicians “the Promotion of Wars Is More Sacred Than God Himself!”

“The promotion of wars are viewed, especially by most US politicians, as the Holy Cow, more sacred than God Himself! Obama has been so much under pressure from Republicans, where their ultimate goal is to oust him from the Whitehouse, that he has compromised his principles beyond comprehension. The Republicans want to continue to protect the rich as to become even richer, »

01.11.2011

Small Farmers, Victims of Food Marketing Companies

Smallholder farmers, who produce up to 80 per cent of all food in some areas, mainly in Africa, “face the risk of exploitation under contract farming arrangements with processing or marketing companies,” according to UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, who presented his annual report to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee »

27.10.2011

Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza

The winds of change are blowing across the globe. What triggers such change, and when it will strike, is something that no one can predict. Last Jan. 18, a courageous young woman in Egypt took a dangerous step. Asmaa Mahfouz was 25 years old, part of the April 6 Youth Movement, with thousands of young people engaging online in debate on the future of their country. »

25.10.2011

Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests

The often violent response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign that is growing in the United States and elsewhere is affecting the freedom to inform. Reporters Without Borders [campaigning for press freedom] condemns the arrests of reporters in recent weeks, especially in New York where the police assume the right to decide who are journalists. »

24.10.2011

The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street

In 1967, a year before his assessination, Martin Luther King gave a speech called "Beyond Vietnam” in which he proclaimed: “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government.” »

19.10.2011

Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I said had to be repeated by hundreds of people so others could hear (a.k.a. “the human microphone”), what I actually said at Liberty Plaza had to be very short. With that in mind, here is the longer, uncut version of the speech. »

18.10.2011

Women at the heart of the Social Economy: FIESS 2011

This October 17th-20th, representatives from over 70 countries come together for the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy (FIESS) in Montreal. With Quebec being seen as an experimental hub for the Social Economy, it not surprising that activists have gathered here. Today, first day of the Forum, the enthusiasm among participants could be felt in the air. »

16.10.2011

Thousands March in New York as part of 15O Global Day of Action

Organizers estimate that 15,000 people converged in Times Square on Saturday afternoon, the culmination of a day of marches and protests that covered much of lower Manhattan. Actions from New York to Madrid, Rome, London, Jakarta, Tokyo and Sydney were part of a global day of action called for by the Indignados movement in Spain and later joined by Occupy Wall Street. »

14.10.2011

Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests

The often violent response to the Occupy Wall Street campaign that is growing in the United States and elsewhere is affecting the freedom to inform. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of reporters in recent weeks, especially in New York where the police assume the right to decide who are journalists. »

12.10.2011

Occupy Wall Street Spreads Exponentially Across U.S. October 15 an International Day of Action

Occupy Wall Street, now in its fourth week in Liberty Plaza is inspiring others across the U.S.A. and the world. As of this writing, there are occupations in more than 1550 cities worldwide, with more than one hundred in the U.S. alone, despite the fact that the movement is much more recent in the U.S. than in Europe. »

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